Cynthia Osokogu’s alleged murderers have been arraigned for an eight count charge including Murder and robbery. By Ben Ezeamalu
The four alleged murderers of Cynthia Osokogu, on Monday, faced dire backlash from the public as they were arraigned before the Yaba Magistrate Court in Lagos.
Echezona Nwabufo, 33; Ezekiel Eloka, 23; Orji Osita, 32; and Maduakor Chukwunonso, 25; were arraigned for an eight count charge of murder, conspiracy, robbery, and felony amongst others.
The case was adjourned till October 3.
Ms. Osokogu, 25, a post graduate student at the Nassarawa State University and daughter of a retired Major-General, was allegedly strangled by Messrs Eloka and Nwabufor in her hotel room in Festac Town, Lagos.
On Monday, in court, the duo struggled to avoid the camera of journalists.
Between covering their faces with their palms or simply turning their heads to evade photographers; they listened as people in the courtroom hurled abuses at them.
“Why should you be ashamed when you are terrible human beings, who deserve to die,” a lady shouted at them, as they continually tried to hide their faces from the horde of photographers.
However, when O.A Aka-Bashorun stepped into the room, the noise died.
Four men and a dead lady
According to police investigation, Messrs Nwabufor and Eloka strangled the deceased after she was drugged and robbed in her hotel room; while Messrs Maduakor and Orji where the attendants at Oxpharm Pharmacy, in Festac, were the drug was purchased.
The police charge sheet stated that the deceased lost her life after she was administered Rohypnol Flunitrapezam, bound, tortured, and strangled.
“The suspects, along with some others at large, raped and robbed the deceased of valuables that include, an International passport, a mobile phone, shoes, bags, wrist watches and jewellery,” read the police charge sheet.
When the police paraded them last week, Messrs Eloka and Nwabufor narrated how they drugged the deceased whom they met through social media, strangled her, and made away with her valuables.
On July 22, the Area E Police Division in Festac found the chained, lifeless body of Ms. Osokogu in her hotel room.
With the aid of the video footage from the hotel’s Closed Circuit Television, and the call logs of the telephone conversations between the Ms. Osokogu and her alleged murderers; the police said they were able to close in on the suspects.
The incident had triggered a public backlash at the suspects as well as outcry on the dangers of social media.
The University of Lagos, where one of the suspects, Mr. Nwabufor, claimed to be a 300 level student, also issued a disclaimer stating that “no such person is registered as a student” in the institution.
Mr. Aka-Bashorun told Chukwu Agwu, the police prosecutor, to send their case details to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for further action.